Atelier Ryza 2: Misplaced Legends & the Secret Fairy is simply a few days away from its Japanese launch, however western followers should wait a few months longer.
But, I used to be capable of put my grasping paws upon a preview construct of the PC model of the sport, and I’ve to say that it was a pleasure to reconnect with Ryza and her mates.
That is the primary time an Atelier sport spawns a direct sequel that retains the identical protagonist, so it’s a uncommon and relatively related experiment for Gust.
That being stated, contemplating Ryza’s recognition, it’s additionally just about a protected wager. She is by far my favourite Atelier heroine, and he or she has not misplaced any of her charms.
As a matter of reality, given the timeframe set three years after the primary sport, she has develop into much more relatable, and the identical may be stated about her returning mates.
The members of the forged of the primary sport have grown and (principally) matured, and it is a related theme in Atelier Ryza 2, which goals to painting the modifications all of us undergo after we go away behind our teen years to lastly tackle the tasks of adults.
Whereas the depiction of this transition is actually coloured with the Japanese views on what it entails (that is most positively a Japanese sport, in spite of everything), it’s actually a theme that western followers can simply connect with as properly.
It’s really one thing that isn’t usually portrayed this overtly in fantasy JRPGs, as as a rule, it’s no less than partly hidden behind metaphorical struggles. Put together to witness our heroes as they fear about having to discover a job to pay lease or going through their tasks not solely to family and friends, but additionally to society. It actually feels refreshing and attention-grabbing.
Whereas there have been mechanical modifications from the primary sport, including depth to the battle system and to alchemy, those that have performed Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout will seemingly really feel proper at house. The brand new mechanics principally increase on the previous with out revolutionizing them.
Fight positively feels fast and extra dynamic, attaining an amazing steadiness between turns and a faster-paced strategy.
An attention-grabbing addition comes within the type of a number of strategies of traversal like a rope that allows you to soar round chasms Indiana Jones model. I’m guessing the event staff added them to boost the sense of journey and exploration. It’s a profitable try, no less than partly.
The one challenge with stated sense of exploration is that areas are nonetheless break up into a number of smaller areas, and this actually seems to be a relic of the previous. A dungeon that isn’t even that enormous lower into items divided by loading screens positively feels a bit misplaced in 2020, particularly on PC and PS5.
I’m guessing this helps operating the sport on weaker platforms, however in an trade during which even the Change can run some open-world video games, you’d count on it to have the ability to no less than load a complete dungeon of this measurement with out extreme points.
The visible model is one other component that can actually show acquainted for the fan of the primary sport.
The graphics actually aren’t a miracle (however the Atelier collection has by no means been about pure visible spectacle, so there’s no shock right here) and plenty of animations outdoors of battle are a bit tough across the edge. But, the world and its inhabitants nonetheless handle to be colourful and pleasing, particularly due to the day/evening cycle that bathes every thing in ever-changing mild.
One in every of Atelier Ryza 2’s strongest suites stays its artwork. Toridamono’s character design is totally a present that retains on giving, and I can declare certainly that by barely getting old his designs (like a effective wine), he managed to abundantly surpass the already pleasant model of the unique Atelier Ryza.
After all, you’ll be able to’t have a very good JRPG with no good story, and what I’ve performed to this point was actually worthy of the Atelier legacy, supported by attention-grabbing themes that go properly past the straightforward “journey,” and by a forged of characters who stay cute and likable however present true development whereas they go away their childhood behind to develop into grownup women and men.
Whereas the Jury will keep out for a few months longer, no less than for English audio system, Atelier Ryza 2: Misplaced Legends & the Secret Fairy seems to be a worthy sequel of one of the crucial beloved and profitable video games of the collection. I will surely not be shocked if it manages to surpass the unique.